Trump has welshed on the Manus deal to Australia… On the weekend, Turnbull humiliated Jacinda Ardern in turn, by once again rejecting New Zealand’s offer.
For some people, words like ‘tax’ and ‘regulation’ and ‘government intervention’ are fighting talk.
As NZ has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes are going to be extensive.
So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do?
One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “ Now, what?”
Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Peter Dunne under a bus.
So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well.
Early days yet, but the National Party seems to be having trouble in finding a credible line of attack on Jacinda Ardern.
A lot more than a change of leader is required, longer term. That will have to wait until next year, and beyond.
To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to be punching around 30% at least, yet that figure looks like a truly distant hope.
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Now Labour has got a Jacinda Arden – young, smart, compassionate, politically and media adept – what on earth does it do with her?